A bioeconomic model for estimating the benefits of acid rain abatement to Salmon fishing: a case study in South West Scotland

MacMillan, D.C. and Ferrier, R.C. (1994) A bioeconomic model for estimating the benefits of acid rain abatement to Salmon fishing: a case study in South West Scotland. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 37 (2). pp. 131-144. ISSN 0964-0568. (Full text available)

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Abstract

The United Kingdom, under the Large Combustion Plant Directive of the European Community, is committed to cutting sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions by 60% of 1980 levels by the year 2003. In order to justify this action and to support new decisions on further emission reductions, policy makers require knowledge of the economic benefits of abatement. Benefit estimates for the recovery of freshwater fish populations present difficulties since the effect of reduced acid deposition on environmental processes is complex and because fishery records are often inadequate or absent. This paper predicts the economic benefits of acid rain abatement to the rod and line salmon fishery of Galloway, South West Scotland. It achieves this by linking output on long term changes in water chemistry and fish population status from MAGIC, a process based catchment model for acidification, with catch and market value data. Predicted increases in the market value of the fishery are presented and the role of the model in economic analysis of environmental policy discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: S Agriculture
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Douglas MacMillan
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2009 12:59
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2013 14:27
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/23085 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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